Supporters rally around Rogers student suspended over tweet


The suspension of a Rogers High School senior is expected to be a hot topic at the Elk River School District's school board meeting Tuesday night, KSTP reports.

Elk River's school board members are addressed in a petition on Change.org that asks the district to lift the suspension of Reid Sagehorn. The teen was recently suspended from the school until April 22 because of a comment he made on Twitter in response to an online rumor about him and a teacher.

Curt Sagehorn, Reid Sagehorn's father, told KARE 11 that the rumor was about his son kissing a teacher, and his son sarcastically replied to the rumor with a tweet that said, "Actually, yes."

More than 3,000 supporters of Sagehorn have signed the petition to date. Students have also started a #freereid Twitter campaign in efforts to get the suspension lifted.

"The rumor was not true, and originated from an anonymous Twitter account that accepted and posted anything that was sent its way," the Change.org petition states. "The submissions were handled through the social media site ask.fm, which allows anonymous interaction between two people. Because of this, the person who started the rumor is unknown. Reid is a captain of his basketball team. His suspension will prevent him from finishing his final season."

Elk River District Superintendent Mark Bezek declined to discuss the student's tweet because of data privacy and an ongoing investigation, but tells KARE 11 that he stands by the suspension because what allegedly happened was a violation of school policy.

"This has been a very emotional experience for all people involved," Bezek told the station. "There's a lot of hurting people throughout the system."

Bezek also told FOX 9 that police are now involved in the case.

A Rogers police official tells KSTP that whoever posted the rumor about Reid Sagehorn and the teacher could be charged criminally.

The Change.org petition calls the suspension "excessive" because Reid Sagehorn has also been removed from the National Honor Society, can't step on school grounds or attend school-sponsored events, and is missing out on numerous other school-related activities. The punishment is also preventing him from playing baseball.

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